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Israel detains diamond magnate in money laundering probe

Jerusalem - Israeli police on Monday detained diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz and four others as part of an international money laundering investigation, authorities said.

Dutch police net gang stealing iPhones from moving trucks

Den Haag - Dutch police said Monday they had rounded up a gang of alleged Romanian iPhone thieves, who gained notoriety by clambering from their cars into moving trucks to pull off heists.

Romania blocks Russia minister plane to Moldova

Bucharest - Romania on Friday sparked fury in Moscow by blocking a Moldova-bound plane carrying a senior Russian minister entering its airspace because of an EU travel ban over the Ukraine crisis.

US set to approve $4bn Patriot missile sale to Romania

Washington - The US State Department said Tuesday it is ready to approve the sale of Patriot air defense systems to Romania, a $3.9 billion deal likely to infuriate Russia.

Al-Qaeda in Mali releases video showing 6 foreign hostages alive: SITE

Bamako - Al-Qaeda's Mali branch has released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, including elderly Australian surgeon Arthur Kenneth Elliott and Frenchwoman Sophie Petronin, US-based monitoring group SITE said.

Romanian parliament approves new Social Democrat government

Bucharest - The Romanian parliament on Thursday approved the Social Democrat government of new Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, despite controversy over its economic plans.

Canadian mining firm demands $4.4 bn from Romania over massive gold mine

Washington - An embattled Canadian mining company said Thursday it will go after the Romanian government for blocking its attempts to develop a massive gold mine that could bring in billions of dollars.Gabriel Resources is seeking $4.

Romanian Social Democrat Mihai Tudose designated new premier

Bucharest - Romania's outgoing economy minister Mihai Tudose was designated as the new premier on Monday, days after the ruling Social Democrats torpedoed its own government following an internal power row.

Romania ruling left sinks own government

Bucharest - Romania's ruling left on Wednesday took the extraordinary step of torpedoing its own government with a no-confidence motion in the prime minister following a power struggle.

Romania ruling left sinks own govt after power row

Bucharest - Romania's government fell Wednesday after the ruling party took the unusual step of passing a no-confidence vote in its own prime minister following internal power struggles.

Romania's political crisis explained

Bucharest - Romania's governing left-wing Social Democrats (PSD) are expected to try to torpedo their own government on Wednesday after just five months in office.

Romania's ruling lawmakers seek to oust prime minister

Bucharest - Romania's ruling left-wing coalition called an extraordinary session of parliament on Sunday to file a censure motion against embattled Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu.

Romania's premier stands his ground as political turmoil deepens

Bucharest - Romania's political turmoil deepened Thursday as Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu refused to resign even as he faced expulsion from his governing leftwing party, forcing the government into a standoff after just five months in office.

Romania in turmoil as ruling left drops PM support

Bucharest - Romania's ruling left-wing party withdrew its support for Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu on Wednesday, a move likely to bring down his government, which has only been in power since January.

Romanian ex-leader Iliescu to stand trial over deadly 1990 protest crackdown

Bucharest - Former Romanian president Ion Iliescu and 13 other officials have been ordered to stand trial on charges of crimes against humanity in connection with the deadly crackdown on a Bucharest protest in 1990, the prosecutor's office said Tuesday.

In Romania, Latin holds out

Pitesti - Just like Asterix's small village held out against the Romans, 2,000 years later in Romania a fight is on to keep Latin alive just as it dies elsewhere in Europe.

Romanian injured in UK parliament terror attack dies

London - A Romanian woman who fell into the River Thames during last month's terror attack outside the British parliament has died in hospital, police said Friday, bringing the toll to five.

Fake news in Romania fuels euroscepticism

Bucharest - Dogs paid to demonstrate against the government. A deadly nightclub fire ordered by an American billionaire. So-called "fake news" is prospering in Romania, fuelling euroscepticism in the former communist country.

Measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children

Bucharest - A measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children and infected thousands more since September due to poverty and an anti-vaccination movement, local media reported Saturday.

Romania's corruption decree ditched for good

Bucharest - Romanian MPs voted Tuesday to definitively shelve a controversial decree that had sought to water down anti-corruption legislation but ended up unleashing the nation's biggest protests in a quarter-century.

Romania's have-a-go heroes fight corruption

Bucharest - Romanian architect Serban Marinescu never thought he'd come up against such brazen corruption. And when a city mayor demanded a backhander, he plucked up his courage and reported him.

EU applauds repeal of Romania corruption decree

Brussels - The EU on Thursday hailed the decision by Romania to reverse a government decree that would have weakened anti-corruption laws and sparked a wave of protests."I really welcome the fact that emergency ordinance 13 has been repealed.

Green light for Romania corruption referendum

Bucharest - Romanian lawmakers unanimously approved Monday a proposal to hold a referendum on corruption after mass protests forced the government to withdraw a decree that would have watered down anti-graft legislation.

Thousands of Romanian protesters return to streets

Bucharest - Tens of thousands of Romanians braved the cold and returned to the streets in protest on Sunday, calling on the government to resign as they accused it of attempting to water down anti-corruption laws."Thieves! Resign!

Thousands of Romanians march against government

Bucharest - Thousands of protesters braved the cold to march in Romania's main cities on Saturday, angered by government attempts to water down anti-corruption laws.

Romania's corruption crusader says danger not over

Bucharest - Romania's government may still try to ease up on punishing graft even after the biggest protests since communism forced it to back down over a controversial decree, Bucharest's chief corruption crusader has warned.

Budapest fumes at 'anti-Hungarian' Dutch brewer Heineken

Budapest - Hungary on Thursday slammed Dutch beer giant Heineken as "anti-Hungarian" as a trademark row in a part of Romania populated mainly by ethnic-Hungarians bubbled over.

Romania's embattled PM survives no-confidence vote

Bucharest - Romania's defiant Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu easily survived a no-confidence vote on Wednesday even as his government continued to face nationwide protests over its efforts to weaken anti-corruption laws.

Romanian president lambasts gov't over crisis

Bucharest - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday rebuked the leftwing government for doing "too little" to resolve the crisis rocking the country over a corruption decree, but stopped short of calling for its resignation.

Shows of solidarity inspire protest-riven Romania

Bucharest - Until this month, Horia Georgescu had never joined a protest in his life.
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The headquarters of the National Registry Office for Classified Information (ORNISS) is located near heart of Bucharest, Romania; ORNISS officials denied media reports a secret CIA prison operated in the basement of an ORNISS facility.
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Traian Basescu, President of Romania since 2004.
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Houses that are being restored by Adopt a House.
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Ceramic at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011
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A map of the cave.
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Ceramic plates at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011.
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Stepping into Schengen's current image
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Traian Basescu  president of Romania since 2004
Traian Basescu, president of Romania since 2004
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one of the houses that Gabriel Resources will only renovate after the mining project starts
Ceramics at National Ceramics Fair  Cucuteni 5000  at Iasi  Romania.  July 2011.
Ceramics at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, at Iasi, Romania. July 2011.
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Graves in Ghencea military cemetery, Bucharest, Romania
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House in Rosia Montana village in Romania
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In this scene from Rich Boden's video, the lake is seen at the lower right. It is not level with where he is standing, but to get into it, you have to jump in the water.
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A woodlouse lives in the poisonous atmosphere of Movile Cave.
A woodlouse lives in the poisonous atmosphere of Movile Cave.
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A piece of the bacteria mat, magnified at 20X zoom and 4X speed.
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